MWC Las Vegas – Industry City Manufacturing Summit

MWC Las Vegas – Industry City Manufacturing Summit

Start: Thursday 29 September 2022

End: Friday 30 September 2022

Venue: West Hall, W1, Industry City Stage, Las Vegas Convention Center

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Our Sessions

The Road to Digital Industry 2030

Date: Thursday 29 September

Time: 10:00 – 10:45 PDT

As the journey continues on the road to digital transformation, we will see billions of real-time data points collected by intelligent connected devices and sensors within the industrial setting.

5G wireless connectivity, with its low-latency and high bandwidth features, will not only support near real-time processes but also enable the offloading of data from machines on the factory floor to the edge or cloud. This perfect storm of technology will enable data processing and analytics to be performed across multiple devices simultaneously, harnessing AI and Computer Vision, to solve existing problems and realise new opportunities.

In this session, we will hear how the 5G era technologies are providing a catalyst for new applications and business models, where are we going and what the digital industrial road ahead looks like by 2030.


Richard Cockle

Global Head of IoT, Identity and Big Data , GSMA

Richard leads an international team developing new capabilities and revenue opportunities for the mobile sector. Most recently he lead the GSMA programme expanding the business reach of Mobile Identity services with 70 mobile operators in over 30 countries; the services are now being used by over a billion people worldwide.

With over 15 years of experience, leading vital projects in the mobile ecosystem, Richard has an exceptional understanding of the critical challenges faced by the industry. In the past, Richard led the GSMA IoT programme where he secured industry agreements to essential standards for M2M chipset design and remote SIM provisioning. These two are now widely deployed. Richard also has a wealth of experience working with governments and regulators.

In addition, Richard Cockle currently holds an advisory role with HR Tech consultancy SilverCloudHR, where he works with blue-chip companies to develop and implement their HR Tech strategies. Prior to the GSMA, Richard held several technology delivery roles in Vodafone and BT.

John Hoffman

CEO and Director, GSMA

John Hoffman is CEO and Director for GSMA Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of the GSM Association, the world’s wireless communication trade organization.  GSMA Ltd. is engaged in various lines of for profit businesses including the award winning MWC Mobile World Congress series in Barcelona, Shanghai and Los Angeles, Mobile 360 series, media and publications, research and managed platform services.

With more than 35 years’ experience in the global wireless industry, Hoffman is widely recognised as a leading thinker, innovator, author and visionary. He is a published author of GPRS Demystified by McGraw Hill Telecom and the Evolution Insider by the GSM Association.

Hoffman has held various executive, board and advisory roles including C6 and AMPT (Advanced Materials Pandemic Task Force) a global task force to leverage and use advanced materials and graphene for the prevention and management of global health emergencies; Future Trends Forum, a Spanish Technology Think Tank; CEO and Director of fastmobile, Inc; President, CEO and Director of Roamware, Inc; COO of Pocket Communications; Non-Executive Board Member of ESP, Regional Director for BellSouth Mobility; COO of SONOFON in Denmark; Director at BellSouth International and General Manager of BellSouth Mobility DCS.

Hoffman holds a Bachelor of Science in architecture and a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Michigan, a Master of Business degree from the University of Phoenix and is a licensed Architect in the state of Colorado, USA.


Eric Clark

CEO America, NTT

Eric Clark is Chief Digital & Strategy officer for NTT DATA Services, focusing on go-to-market and offering management strategies and solutions. He overses development of the company’s digital portfolio and leads the ongoing evolution of insights and capabilities to facilitate client journeys through IT modernization and digital transformation.

Effective Oct. 1, 2022, Eric will become Chief Executive Officer of NTT Ltd. Americas. In this role, he will drive closer collaboration between NTT DATA and NTT Ltd. operations in the Americas and support the launch of new and innovative combined offerings.

As a key contributor and company spokesperson, Eric is often called upon to deliver his insights to clients, media and analysts on topics such as the development and execution of strategy and operations for digital transformation, cloud, mobility, Internet of Things and security. He has more than 25 years of experience in the IT industry. Earlier in his career, Eric held numerous global senior leadership positions with ServiceNow, Dell, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Arthur Andersen Business Consulting, Ernst & Young and Bank of America. Eric is a board member for the DFW World Affairs Council and has served on the advisory board for the SMU Digital Accelerator.

He holds a Master of Business Administration from the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin, and a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Texas at Austin.

Safi Khan

Regional Product Marketing Director, Telit

Safi Khan has over 20 years of wireless semiconductor industry experience. He is a seasoned professional in product marketing, product management, and engineering development. Before joining Telit, Safi was most recently a global product manager of embedded wireless business and North America head of product marketing at Silex Technology. Prior to joining Silex, Safi held technical marketing and engineering management roles at Qualcomm. Safi has delivered several hundred million dollars in revenue through his business and technical leadership. Safi lead cross-functional teams to bring cutting-edge cellular, Wi-Fi, and multimedia technologies and products to market. Under Safi’s leadership at Qualcomm, he successfully brought several complex high-volume smartphone chips for 2G/3G/4G/LTE and MediaFLO into production. Safi holds an MBA from the Rady School of Management at UC San Diego, an MS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan Ann Arbor, and a BS in Electrical Engineering from Northwestern University Evanston.

Michael Johnson

Vice President, Digital Platforms, Bridgestone America

Michael Johnson was named the Vice President, Digital Platforms of Bridgestone Americas, Inc. in August 2021.  Michael leads the Global Digital Technology and Platform strategy that enables Bridgestone’s transformation to a provide social value and customer value as a sustainable solutions.

Michael joined Bridgestone in 2011 from Gibson Guitar Corp. where he served as Chief Information Officer and Vice President of International Operations. Since joining Bridgestone he has held various roles in digital and information technology most recently serving as Head of IT for Bridgestone EMIA based in Brussels, Belgium.

Michael earned a Bachelors of Science degree in Accounting from the University of Kentucky and a MBA at Vanderbilt University Owen Graduate School of Management.


Tom Wilburn

VP Global AI Driven Enterprise Sales, Juniper

Tom Wilburn is responsible Juniper’s Global AI Driven Enterprise business, and for global field operations of the Mist and 128T organizations. He has extensive experience in the wireless and networking industry.

Tom had earlier served as Vice President of Cisco’s Global Enterprise Networking sales organization, responsible for routing, switching and wireless products. Tom was part of the leadership team for Airespace, a wireless company acquired by Cisco in 2005. Tom led sales for Cisco’s wireless business achieving global share of 65% of the enterprise wireless market. In 2012, Tom was part of the team that acquired Meraki and was responsible for go-to-market of the combined Cisco- Meraki portfolio.

Tom previously held sales leadership roles at switching and routing startups Xylan and CrossComm and served as Senior Vice President of Aerohive’s Global Field Operations and Alcatel’s North American Enterprise Business.


Breaking Down Barriers to Industrial 5G

Date: Friday 30 September

Time: 10:00 – 11:00 PDT

Where to start when unlocking new possibilities of 5G networks? What is best to work through the myriad of potential applications and the security considerations required? What are the strategies to navigate technical enablers, and deployment options, like edge and cloud computing, or private and dedicated networks?

Still in the early adoption phase, industrial organisations are exploring the latest 5G offering of low-latency and high bandwidth wireless connectivity that is powering a digital transformation.

In order to deliver a successful transition through the 5G Era and utilise related technologies, the session will explore real-life use cases and valuable insights from industry leaders to discover the best ways of adopting 5G into industrial processes and models, their benefits, and challenges.


Barbara Pareglio

Executive Director for Advanced Air Mobility and IoT Technical Director, GSMA

Barbara has over 20 years of experience in the mobile industry. She has been part of the GSMA Internet of Things Programme since 2014, working on several aspects of the IoT such as the development of the Mobile IoT Technologies (LTE-M, NB-IoT), GSMA IoT Security Guidelines, GSMA Drone Interest Group and looking at a variety of emerging technologies, like machine learning/AI and edge computing, for helping the mobile industry to create trusted solutions for the IoT. Before joining the GSMA Barbara worked in R&D in several areas of telecommunications, including Intelligent Networks, IMS, Service Enabling and M2M/IoT. She also participates in and actively contributed to several standards.

The GSMA Internet of Things helps operators to fully realise the opportunity in the IoT, operators must deliver secure IoT networks as well as scalable value added data services for the world’s industry and machines beyond connectivity. This is to be achieved by industry collaboration, appropriate regulation, optimising networks as well as developing key enablers to support the growth of IoT.

Moushumi Ghosal

Principal Program Manager – MEC, Microsoft

Moushumi Ghosal is the lead product manager for Azure public multi access edge compute (MEC) solution within the Azure for Operators group at Microsoft. With over 20+ years of engineering and development experience spanning multiple products, she also led the SDN product development and engineering efforts in Azure Networking and Security products like Azure DDoS Protection, Azure Information Protection, and mobile core network technologies.  Moushumi has been at been at Microsoft more than 6 years. Before joining Microsoft Moushumi has also been a key contributor and company representative in the standards body like GSMA-North America, 4G and 5G Americas for driving the industry strategy for telco cloud evolution, mobile security and theft prevention, network function virtualization and software defined networking.

Blake Carlson

COO, weavix™

Blake Carlson is the COO of weavix™, the Internet of WorkersTM platform built for the digital frontline workforce. Previously, Blake served as an executive for WellAware, Emerson, Avocent, Red Hat and VeriSign in product and corporate development roles.  He graduated from Johns Hopkins with a degree in Biomedical Engineering.

Beth Castro

AVP - Business Development, Strategic Alliances, AT&T Business

Beth is a successful, strategic business professional with a proven record of overachieving objectives.  Currently Beth leads a team in support of the Strategic Alliance Go to Market as well as Channel Marketing for the Hyperscaler, Systems Integrator, Advisory Segment.  She manages all aspects of the go-to-market efforts with Strategic Alliances, interfacing with their organizations and internal AT&T channels and is responsible for development and activation of Markets and Partners.

In previous roles Beth had accountability for global teams supporting the overall governance of key net sourcing customers including a major oil and gas company and the world’s leading luxury product retail group (while residing in France).  In these positions she focused on the overall health of the accounts including customer relationship, strategy, operations, and profitability.    She has been in the IT industry for over 30 years. Prior to joining AT&T, Beth spent part of her career with Nortel in various sales and operational management roles. She also held leadership positions with Tellabs, Teleglobe, and several start up technology companies.    Beth earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from George Washington University and pursued her MBA at Marymount University (Arlington, VA).

Sudhir Arni

SVP Business Outcomes, Sight Machine

Sudhir Arni is Senior Vice President of Business Outcomes at Sight Machine. He works with Sight Machine’s manufacturing customers to help scale digital transformation and ensure workforce readiness for the AI-driven future of work. Under Sudhir’s leadership, Sight Machine’s Go-to-Market team has partnered with leading manufacturers to define and implement strategies that help manufacturers unlock plant data to accelerate their businesses. Previously, Sudhir was an engagement manager at McKinsey & Co, where he designed and led manufacturing transformation programs for Pharmaceutical and Chemical manufacturers. He received joint MBA and MS degrees from the Kellogg School of Management at the McCormick School of Engineering at Northwestern University.

Shamik Mishra

Vice President and CTO Connectivity, Capgemini Engineering

Shamik Mishra currently serves as Vice President and CTO of Connectivity at Capgemini Engineering. In addition to this, he also leads the Capgemini technology domain, “connected futures” as the CTIO. As a global lead for technology and innovation, Shamik drives the connectivity technology portfolio for 5G, virtualization, cloud native, edge computing, intelligent networks, and carrier cloud platforms.

Previously he was the Vice President for Research and Innovation and Global Chief Industry Architect for Altran’s telecommunication business before the acquisition by Capgemini in 2019.

Shamik has over twenty-one years of experience in the telecom and software industry, providing engineering R&D services, frameworks and solutions to telecom operators, network equipment providers and software firms around the world.  He has represented Capgemini Engineering at several industry forums including Linux Foundation Edge where he is a member of the technical advisory council. He has been elected the deputy chairman for GSMA’s Operator Platform Group. He is also a member of the advisory board of the Open Compute Project. Shamik is a regular speaker at industry and academic conferences and is often covered by the industry media.

He has a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Mathematics and Computing from Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, India

Andreas Roessler

Technology Manager, Rohde & Schwarz

Andreas Roessler is working as a Technology Manager for Rohde & Schwarz, a premium supplier of test and measurement solutions to the wireless industry, headquartered in Munich, Germany. As a technology manager, he focuses on 3GPP’s 5G New Radio (NR) standard and advancing 6G research topics. His responsibilities include strategic marketing and product portfolio development for the entire value chain offered by Rohde & Schwarz test and measurement division. By carefully following industry trends and the standardization process for cellular communication standards, he gained more than 15 years of experience in the mobile industry and wireless technologies. He holds an MSc in electrical engineering with a focus on wireless communication.

Larry Socher

VP Strategy, Solutions & Alliances , Eseye

Larry joined Eseye in January of 2022 to run strategy, solutions and alliances.  Prior to Eseye he spent the last 26 years at Accenture and was responsible for all Cloud & Infrastructure solutions and partnerships globally for the last eight.  During his tenure, Larry ran the Enterprise Network Practice for two years and was CTO and Global Lead for the Service Provider Network Practice for twelve years.  Larry leveraged a unique blend of deep cloud, network/5G, device, IoT/Edge and operations/AIOps skills and experience to help large enterprise, government agency and communications service provider clients transform their businesses, navigating an increasingly complex ecosystem to help them take advantage of the convergence and disruption in the market.  Larry graduated from Dartmouth College with BA Major in Economics and English.  Larry also holds three patents.

Andy Robertson

Head of Business Development, Nokia

Andy currently works at Nokia in a Business Development role, specializing in Enterprise Private Networks, within North America.  His responsibilities at Nokia range from Sales, Private Wireless Strategy, Use Case discovery, client / partner education  and serving as a subject matter expert in Private Wireless. His career experience in Telecom includes  Nextel / Sprint, where consulted with Enterprise / Government / General Business clients in the creation and deployment of wireless data applications. He also has an extensive experience with Sprint / ExteNet Systems, as a Solutions Engineer in the Neutral Host – Distributed Antenna Systems space. Andy’s most recent work experience before Nokia came at Geoverse, which was a Private LTE operator and innovation firm, in a Sales Engineering Role. In this role,  Andy was responsible use case discovery, initial network design parameters, education of clients and partners and the sales of Private Networks.  When not working, you will find Andy outside spending time with his family and friends in the mountains outside of Salt Lake City, UT.

Leonid Burakovsky

Senior Director of Product Management, Palo Alto Networks

Leonid Burakovsky currently serves as a Senior Director of Product Management at Palo Alto Networks.  Leonid pioneered a new area of products to strengthen 4G and 5G security. He is a co-inventor and an author of 30+ granted 5G/4G security patents. Leonid contributed to the Open Ran Policy Coalition “Open RAN security in 5G” April 2021 paper. Leonid also initiated and led the creation of the new GSMA permanent security reference document, FS.37. This document provides recommendations for Communication Service Providers to detect and prevent attacks and security threats against mobile networks, services, and applications.

Prior to this role, Leonid served as F5 Networks’ Senior Director of Service Provider Solutions and Juniper Networks’ Strategic Alliances CTO.  Leonid regularly speaks at industry forums such as IEEE, Mobile World Congress, NGMN, 4G, CTIA, Futurecom, BroadbandForum, LTE events, Intel’s Network Builders, to name a few. Leonid has more than 30 years of industry experience and holds both a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Information Systems Engineering.